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Harman Kardon AVR4000/3000

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by UlricVonLichtenstien, Oct 10, 2001.

  1. UlricVonLichtenstien

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    I've seen the reviews of these in the past couple of issues, and I'm tempted.

    Has anyone got one of these beasties? Can you give me your experiences with them? How good is Logic7? Do you use the front mounted digital inputs? Is "Easyset" any use? Am I asking to many questions? ;)
     
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    I have a HK500, part of the range previous to the one you are considering. I am very happy with all aspects of it. I like the way it is not overloaded with sound effects I would not use, the high power that is clear at all volumes, and the clarity in straight stereo.
    Logic 7 is very good, much better that Yamaha's 'enhanced' mode. I couldn't be happier. I have had 2 Yamaha receivers prior to the HK the last being the 592 which although is not quite in the same price league is no match. Russell.priem@yellgroup.co.uk
     
  3. UlricVonLichtenstien

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    Thanks. Anybody else have an opinion?
     
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    Yep. Harman/Kardon make good kit. Harman are a bit like NAD in that they underplay the performance of their amps almost to a fault. Their amps are usually very well designed and have bags of current. Logic 7 is considered by many to be a superior alternative to Pro-Logic II, and from what I have heard (AVR7000) is very effective.

    Russell
     
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    I have the HK 500 too.

    I auditioned it against a Denon and Yamaha and although the Yamaha had the looks, the HK had the sounds. If the current range is as good as, or better, than the AVR500, then you can't go too wrong.
     
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    Logic 7 is an ok matrixed mode, but not as good as DPL II (IMHO).

    I don't use the front mounted digital inputs.

    Easyset? :) It was a pain to setup, just like all AV-receivers :)

    MP3 input is useless as you can't get mpeg audio layer III bitstream from any device on earth (there's not even a spec for it).

    Otherwise it's a good sounding receiver and it has beefy PSU.

    In a recent test done by a Finish technical magazine (TM 16/2001), HK AVR 3000 could pump out 2x100W in stereo, 5x63W in 5.1 while the Yamaha RX-V620 for example dropped from 2x100W to 5x27W.

    It also scored the best for sound quality (measured and listened) from the test group:

    Harman Kardon AVR 3000
    JVC RX-8012R
    Marantz SR4200
    Onkyo TX-DS494
    Pioneer VSX-D710S
    Sony STR-DE875
    Yamaha RX-V620RDS

    I have a AVR4000 myself as my computer amp and I'm pretty happy with it.

    Audiophile quality it is not, but more than enough for a 5.1 surround receiver.

    regards,
    Halcyon
     
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  8. UlricVonLichtenstien

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    Thanks for all the info Guys.

    Is it then worth upgrading from my Sony DB925? I will be using my existing KEF Q's with it.
     
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    Ummm - the sound of silence...
     
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    I too have a Sony 925 and am thinking of upgrading, and the HK AVR4000 looked interesting enough, so I too would appreciate any input to this.

    Any other receiver in the same price and quality range to consider?
     
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    Just found out that Harmon own Lexicon which is why their receivers have the Logic 7 in them and why they seem to be quite good
     
  12. Johann

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    :eek::(Hello everybody..

    Dear friends, I have the Receiver unit Tone Control (Treble, Bass & Balanced) has no function as before..

    I've already rectify the mood setting but it does not help. So i suspected that the circuit had a problem esp,.. IC205 : 2068DD was bad. I try to repair it my self (had such experience)..

    Now.. Do anyone here have the circuit diagram / repair manual for this Receiver?

    :lease:
     

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